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Austal hands over two vessels to Adnoc

Austal Limited has announced the arrival in Abu Dhabi of two high-speed catamaran crew transfer vessels, designed and constructed for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) by Austal Philippines.

The $30m contract for the two 45-metre catamarans was awarded in April 2014, and both vessels were delivered to Adnoc in the Philippines in August this year. The new vessels, named HSC Yasat and Ghagha-1, were loaded into a heavy lift ship for the transit to UAE.

“As this delivery demonstrates, Austal has the right production cost base in the Philippines to compete for commercial vessel contracts and successfully leverage our intellectual property with a proven design,” said Andrew Bellamy, ceo of Austal.

“We continue to pursue additional opportunities in the Middle East and in the energy sector, globally,” he said.

Austal has recently started construction of a 70-metre large crew transfer vessel valued at $30m for Caspian Marine Services and a 57.6-metre fast crew boat valued at around $20m for an undisclosed operator based in Southeast Asia from its Philippines shipyard.

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